Every week, I would like to share with you a round up of links to articles and videos that have resonated with me in some particular way. It is important that you realize that I am not endorsing everything in these articles, videos, or sites but I share them with you as a way for you to see what has engaged my thinking and caught my attention online through the week. Some of the links are related to current events, some are related to current realities facing the church, some are just cool and random facts that you may or may not have known.

 -Pastor Chris Lenhart

Link Roundup 2-11-19

Links

  • Valentine's Day:  Don't put your Hope in Date Night!
    Date nights are not the balm for healing, restoring or even building a strong marriage. A date night is helpful, but there are many other ways to keep our marriages strong and healthy, day by day, laying down our lives for one another.

  • The Most Significant Lessons We've Learned as Parents (Podcast)
    As their oldest daughter prepares to leave for college in the fall, Michael and Melissa Kruger share great wisdom from the wealth of experience the Lord has given them.

  • Does God Rule over Sin? (w/Video)
    Great question and answer from Pastor John Piper. 

  • Abuse of Faith:  20 years, 700 Victims of Sexual Abuse
    This is an ongoing saga in southern Baptist churches. Be in prayer for the victims of this abuse, their families.

  • 700 is Not the Total Number:  How to Get Help
    Where do we turn for help, when those whom we look to for spiritual guidance and leadership are the source of our abuse? How do we heal and help victims of sexual abuse?

  • The FAQ's:  Investigative Report Uncovers Sexual Abuse in the SBC
    This article succinctly sums up the situation and answers some pertinent questions regarding this latest scandal to strike church leadership. 

  • When Should You Report Ministerial Misconduct?
    A guide to defining and reporting ministerial misconduct.

  • Can an Atheist Pastor a Church?
    How can a person pastor a church when they don’t even believe in God? You might answer that they couldn’t. However, in a United Church of Christ congregation in Canada, there is a woman pastoring a church who openly doesn’t believe in God.

  • Stop Hating Yourself
    Depression, anxiety, and fear have gripped our society, causing an alarming increase in self-hatred and self-hurt. There is an answer for this pain. Jesus stands ready for you to cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you.

  • To Be a Woman is to be Fully Human (w/Video)
    Clearing up confusion regarding womanhood. In a generation where gender definitions and gender distinctions are increasingly important to define, Abigail Dodds offers some clear direction for the family of Christ.

  • Nevertheless, She Persisted in Christ:  Aging with Grace
    “Theologians, authors, martyrs, preachers, a prayerful parent, everyday people – we all have brothers and sisters in Christ who inspire us, challenge us, and teach us. They are the great cloud of witnesses surrounding us (Heb 12:1), witnesses of the worth of following Christ. May their words, actions, and lives inspire us to live the life of faith.”

  • The Global Church Isn't...
    “When we try to generalise about the World church and say that it is “X”, we are actually saying far more about ourselves and our own ethnocentrism than we are about anything else. This is particularly the case when we are criticising the rest of the church, for example saying that there is a “theological famine” around the world. When our rhetoric suggests that Christianity in the West is normative (non-X) and everyone else is different (X), we are displaying a degree of arrogance and cultural blindness that should have no place in the church.”

  • Why Loving People and Place is the Heart of Missions
    It is not just the people we are called to love, but God places us in locations for His perfect purposes and plans, we should learn to love the places He has placed us in, as well as the people He has brought to us in our mission fields. We might find that by growing to love the places that God puts us, will aid us in better loving the people that God brings to us.

  • Sharing Your Faith at Work
    Helpful tips as you seek to be faithful in the daily mission field and ministry that Jesus has given you, your workplace.   




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It is important that you realize that I am not endorsing everything in these articles, videos, or sites but I share them with you as a way for you to see what has engaged my thinking and caught my attention online through the week. Some of the links are related to current events, some are related to current realities facing the church, some are just cool and random facts that you may or may not have known.

 -Pastor Chris Lenhart

Discipleship Toolbox

Spiritual Growth

Our desire is to develop fully devoted followers of Christ who make disciples. In light of that vision, we are very passionate about helping every person who attends CMBC to take their next step. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, there is always another step to take towards being fully devoted in your following of Christ. There is no one prescription for spiritual growth because everyone is different. But there are some basic areas to consider. It is our desire that each person intentionally participates with God and others in this transforming process. We invite you to consider what’s offered at CMBC and how that may be used by God to mature you in the faith.


Daily Bible Reading

We believe that reading God's Word, the Bible, daily is vitally important and absolutely necessary for spiritual growth. There are many different devotionals and guides for helping you read and apply the Bible, and we encourage you to find something that works for you. Here are a few suggestions:


Preparing for Baptism

Baptism is important, but it is not salvation. Baptism should be among the first steps of a new believer’s walk in obedience to the Lord. This booklet will help you more thoroughly understand baptism.


Steps to Membership

What is church membership? Although “official membership” is not found in Scripture, the idea of being a regular, integral part of a church fellowship is indicated throughout the Bible. It is not an option. It is mandatory for the kind of healthy spiritual life God intends. (1 Cor. 12:27)

 

Here are some ways to get integrated into the fellowship at CMBC.

  • Attend the “Exploring CMBC” class. This 4-week class is normally offered once a year during the ABF hour (9:45-10:45) on Sunday mornings and is for those desiring to know more about CMBC or intending to join. These classes are required for membership.
  • Click here to download and read the “Becoming a Member” booklet. If you wish to become a member and have completed the “Exploring CMBC” membership class, fill out the form at the back of the booklet and turn in to the church office.

The Story

The Bible is the story of God’s love for you. A love that goes beyond what we as humans can fathom. And because it is a story about the relationship between God and humans, it is sometimes painful. But there are times when hope is evident and God’s love is victorious.


 

The purpose of the story is to introduce us to Jesus Christ and his victory over sin and death. The story is complete in one verse which many of us know – John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

 

But there’s more to the story. Listen and allow The Story to change your heart and life...thestoryfilm.com